Critical Alert

Train stuck for four hours, first flood warning released

FLASH FLOOD: NewsMail reporter Ross Irby took these photos of the flash flooding in Bundaberg.
FLASH FLOOD: NewsMail reporter Ross Irby took these photos of the flash flooding in Bundaberg. Ross Irby

UPDATE 7pm: Train passengers on their way to Rockhampton have been stuck at Elliott for four hours due to flooding in Bundaberg.

The north-bound Brisbane to Rockhampton train left Brisbane left at 11am today and was meant to arrive in Bundaberg at 3.30pm.

Queensland Rail was unable to specify a time that the train would depart from Elliott.

While the train has been stuck, the water levels have been rising and the Bureau of Meteorology has released its first flood warning as minor flood levels are occurring along the Elliott River and moderate flood levels expected this evening at Dr Mays Crossing.

The Isis, Gregory and Elliott Rivers area currently rising.

There has been no significant river level rises in the Burrum or Cherwell Rivers yet. The Burrum River at Howard is currently at 4.91m and is expected to remain below the minor flood level of 6m this evening.

Emergency services are begging people to remember, if it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies phone 000.

UPDATE 4.20pm: Bundaberg has received 200mm in six hours and the bulk is yet to come.

A spokeswoman from the Bureau of Meteorology said there is "a fair bit of rain still heading towards Bundaberg".

"Looking at the radar, the bulk of the rain will be this evening," she said.

BoM's latest update has Bundaberg still in the severe weather warning with possible thunderstorms throughout the day.

The region's drenching comes as an upper trough is combines with an inland surface trough producing heaving rain in the Wide Bay and Capricornia.

Cordalba has received 146mm in six hours and Moorland has recorded 141mm.

Tornado-like winds have ripped the roofs off of homes and blown them into power lines, leaving about 4000 Ergon Energy customers on the southside of Bundaberg without power.

Spokesman Rod Rehbein said the freak incident, which reports suggest may have been a waterspout, also propelled trampolines into the power lines, primarily in the area between Walkervale State School and Boreham Park.

Ergon has received more than a dozen reports of fallen power lines in the area.

Crews are responding despite the ongoing downpour, which has caused localised flooding.

Additional crews will depart from the Gladstone area tomorrow at first light to assist local crews in fixing the damage in the Avenell Heights area.

The spokeswoman for BoM said tomorrow there will be more intermittent rain and isolated thunderstorms during the day and clearing in the evening.

UPDATE:   Rain is causing havoc throughout the region, with reports of flash flooding in streets and trampolines flying through the air.

In a Facebook post, Bundaberg Police issued a warning to drivers of road closures in the region. 

The post said main roads into Agnes Water are currently closed.

Rosedale Rd is also closed due to localised flooding and Fingerboard Rd is closed due to a serious traffic crash.

Booloongie Rd, Gooburrum, is flooded as well as Tantitha St in the CBD, with the bridge underwater.

The bridge at Tantitha St is under water.
The bridge at Tantitha St is under water.


Targo St has water over the road and Commercial St is also flooded.

Almost 4,000 residents in Bundaberg have lost power due to "damage requiring emergency repairs" to power lines.

It is believed power has gone out in Avenell Heights, Svensson Heights and Walkervale and there are reports a roof has blown off a shed in the Svensson Heights area.

Residents have taken to social media about the unfolding weather events.

It is being reported trampolines are flying through the air and landing in residents' backyards.

The NewsMail has received reports a roof has flown off an Avenell Heights house.

More to come.


WATER OVER ROAD: North Bundaberg has water covering the roads
WATER OVER ROAD: North Bundaberg has water covering the roads Georgia Haupt





UPDATE 9.43am: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bundaberg with damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours. The alert was issued at 9.26am and will affect areas of the Wide Bay and Burnett including Bundaberg, Bargara, Moore Park Beach, Hervey Bay waters and Seventeen Seventy. 

Rainfall totals to 9am

Branyan: 22mm

Bundaberg: 21mm

South Bundaberg: 18mm

Bargara: 14mm

Splitters Creek: 19mm

Bucca Weir: 25mm

Gooburrum: 38mm

Gin Gin: 16mm

Woodgate: 4mm

UPDATE: A severe weather warning has been issued for Bundaberg for flash flooding in the next 24 hours, with up to 120mm forecast to fall in six hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology said totals of 130-180mm were predicted for the eastern parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett region.

The warning stresses six-hourly rainfall totals of 90-120mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 160mm.

Locations that may be affected include: Bundaberg, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Island, Biloela, Baralaba, Springsure and Carnarvon National Park.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are advising people to avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters - if it's flooded forget it.

QFES are further warning people to keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

For emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.

EARLIER: THE most significant weather event in six months is developing over Bundaberg, with meteorologists predicting it to intensify tonight.

A developing strong upper trough currently to the north of the region will meet with another trough to dump 30-70mm of rain on the region.

However, if the trough remains north of the region it's possible areas will receive more than double that, between 100-150mm.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the position of the trough would determine where the forecasted heavy falls will occur, however Bundaberg will see rain.

"Total rainfall is not certain, but tomorrow it's predicted 30-70mm will fall with heavy rain to the south," he said.

The trough is currently developing near the Central Highlands and is predicted to be over Bundaberg about midnight.

The deluge will be welcome news for residents, breaking a 78-day dry spell.

According to records kept by the bureau, it hasn't rained in Bundaberg since July 14, when only 0.4mm fell.

Since the start of what was an unusually dry winter, a mere 16mm has fallen in Bundaberg.

The dry weather had farmers holding their breath and fearing for the next years' crop, while water cartage services reported being run off their feet.

On the 66th day without rain, Bundaberg Canegrowers chairman Allan Dingle said the lack of rain in the past two months was starting to affect crops.

BoM are predicting showers, rain areas and thunderstorms to develop over most of southern inland Queensland, with one or two severe storms with damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall over the Central Highlands and Coalfields, and eastern parts of the Central West during this afternoon and evening.

Areas from Noosa upwards are expected to receive rain.

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